So. Miu Miu has a short film series called The Women’s Tales. Number 5, Ava DuVernay’s “The Door” was put up today. It was aesthetically pleasing but the whole time I was watching I couldn’t stop reading the film blurb/synopsis which included:
“The Door, by Ava DuVernay, the fifth Miu Miu Women’s Tale, is a celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change.”
“Clothing is also a symbol of renewal, each change of costume charting our heroine’s emergence from a chrysalis of sadness. In the final scenes, she takes off her ring, pulls on long, black leather gloves, and walks, transformed by the emotive power of the clothing, through the door.”
Considering the fact that is was sponsored by Miu Miu and star-actresses such as Gabriel Union and Alfre Woodard(one of my favorite women to see in a movie) are probably decked out in the latest Miu Miu garb, I am getting really mixed messages about it. Take a look for yourself, or not.
Cover of Transition #109 // http://dubois.fas.harvard.edu/transition-109
Just feeling a little over art history in its most traditional definition. I just want to study bounce music, urban planning, and plants now.
So I have this really great friend who turns out to also be a great writer. Just downloaded his new book, and I’m like, “Wahhhhh, free literature?” From him, to me, to you. Indulge & enjoy.
so as you may know i wrote and uploaded this awhile ago, but as you may not know i’ve been tinkering with it since june. i removed all traces of the old version from this blog to come up with what i think is the best possible version of this i can. for the year-plus this was on my blog i received over 400 downloads. that means more to me than you know. so thank you to all who’ve downloaded it already. this is in my mind the final version of a long-gestating project: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a White Girl & Juvenilia. i offer it with no guarantees that it’ll be enjoyable or enlightening or worth anything to you; i want nothing else than just a little bit of your time. thanks again and click the photo to download.
When I was a little kid, by way of the adults surrounding me, I listened to a lot of Beanie Sigel. This song always helps me get in the groove of last minute paper writing.
“Using appropriated imagery, I explore the manipulation of memory and the role that it plays in shaping both public and personal histories. Driven by an interest in working with images as found objects I use an ever-growing archive of collected source material to describe social, political, and historical landscapes. It is within these landscapes that I address themes of social conflict, monument, and empire. I am influenced by film, architecture, religious iconography and the history of photography. I search to create a place where past, present, and future intersect.” - Josh Alan. Learn more about this artist here.
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“I’m a dude, he’s a dude, she’s a dude, and we’re all dudes, hey!”…catchy theme song from Good Burger, or Kel’s subtle & catchy attempt at gender equality?
Mark your calendar: Jonathan Horowitz’s Your Land/My Land: Election ‘12, September 28th - November 11, 2012, with a special event taking place on election night!
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston will present “Your Land/My Land: Election ’12,” (2012) an installation by artist Jonathan Horowitz to coincide with the 2012 American presidential election season. The exhibition will be staged simultaneously at art museums across the US. It will be on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston from September 28th- November 11, 2012.
“Your Land/My Land: Election ’12” is a reimagined installation originally presented by Horowitz during the 2008 presidential election. At each location (as in ’08), red and blue area rugs will divide the exhibition space into opposing zones, reflecting America’s color-coded, political, and cultural divide. Back-to-back monitors will be suspended between the carpets, with one broadcasting a live feed of Fox News, the other of CNN. The installation will provide a location for people to gather and watch coverage of as well as talk about the presidential election. Its central trope is a divided United States swathed in only red and blue.
Gotta love the CAMH. Always fresh, always free. And always bringing really excellent shows and artist to Houston. Marking my calendar for this show right now.